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The London Borough Of Hackney require the services of a Biodiversity Officer to work in our Parks Development team!

Biodiversity Officer

| LONDON BOROUGH OF HACKNEY

Location: Springfield House, Springfield Park

Full time: 36 hours

Salary: £43,824 to £44,862 43824– PO2

Closing date: 27/03/2024


 

Job Description

PURPOSE OF THE JOB:
Developing, promoting and overseeing the implementation of biodiversity
improvements to ensure the protection and enhancement for all habitats and
species within Hackney. To oversee the delivery of Hackney’s Local Nature
Recovery Plan (LNRP) where it relates to parks and green spaces.
The post holder will have primary responsibility to ensure that the LNRP is
reviewed annually.

MAIN AREAS OF RESPONSIBILITY:
● Lead on implementation, monitoring and delivery of Hackney’s LNRP, working
alongside and with the support and input of colleagues in the Leisure, Parks
and Green Spaces Service and local volunteers.
● To develop and enhance connectivity with a wide range of organisations and
individuals including the Biodiversity Partnership and lead and chair the
co-ordination of their work for the LNRP as it relates to parks and green
spaces.
● Produce biodiversity audits for Hackney, encourage exchange of data with
Partners, and ensure monitoring of habitats and species listed in the LNRP
are protected and enhanced.
● To develop, analyse and monitor biodiversity data in partnership with
Greenspace Information for Greater London (GIGL), the open space and
biodiversity records centre.
● To develop the profile of biodiversity by proactively promoting it through
workshops, conferences and training events.
● Disseminating biodiversity information to local organisations, key
stakeholders, Council employees, relevant partners and Council members.
● To liaise with the Corporate Communication Team on public and media
enquiries about biodiversity within Hackney, the partnership and requests
regarding the Local Nature Recovery Plan.
● Develop and enhance working practices with officers from other boroughs and
other Biodiversity Partnerships to undertake cross-regional projects. To
ensure provision of increased knowledge base and efficient ways of working.
● Act as the lead officer for reporting, establishing targets and ensuring
Hackney achieves said targets set out for the National Indicator – Improved
Local Biodiversity.
● Work alongside the Volunteer Officer to oversee the delivery of
biodiversity-related improvements in parks and green spaces.
● To ensure that the recommendations and advice given within the LNRP are
incorporated into Leisure, Parks and Green Spaces’ strategic framework.
● To develop, update and maintain the biodiversity section of Hackney’s website
on a regular basis.
● Act as lead officer to ensure Hackney Council complies with national
legislation, including the statutory ‘Biodiversity Duty’ as required by the
Natural Environment and Rural Communities Act.
● Act as lead officer to ensure that parks and green spaces projects comply
with biodiversity policy and legislation, including the Wildlife and Countryside
Act, Countryside and Rights of Way Act and Habitats Regulations.
● To work with Parks staff on site management and improvement projects. To
include input into site management plans annual maintenance regime.

TEAM:
● You will work in the Community Development Team within the Leisure, Parks
and Green Spaces Service

OTHER DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
● To undertake such duties, commensurate with the grade of the post, as may
be reasonably required
● Attend meetings with other Council departments and with the Council’s
partners, represent the London Borough of Hackney at regional/ national
meetings and conferences as necessary.
● The post-holder will be required to maintain an up-to-date awareness of the
latest changes and developments within biodiversity.
● Health and Safety All staff are legally responsible for ensuring Health and
Safety considerations are taken into account in all working situations. Staff
are encouraged to make reports or suggestions to the Health and Safety
Officer on any matters of concern.
● As required, to work irregular and unsocial hours (including evenings and
weekends) to meet the needs of the role.
● As required, to deputise for the Service Manager – Community and
Development.
● Equal opportunities To work at all times within the Council’s Equal
Opportunities Policy and to promote equal opportunities wherever possible.
NB: All employees are expected to adhere to the Council’s Diversity &
Equality and Health and Safety Policies.

How to apply

To apply, please follow the link below.

Biodiversity Officer – Find Yourself in Hackney

To apply for this job email your details to obi.onokwai@groundwork.org.uk